This Beveridge Has a Sickening Aftertaste for Millions of Americans

You don’t need to be an economist to know that sobering things are occurring in the US economy. For example, there are fewer jobs for more unemployed workers. Following the 2000 recession, there were 14 people unemployed for every 10 hires. Now, it’s 35 unemployed for every 10 hires: Source: Workforce Management In 2000, only 7% of the unemployed spent more than 6 months finding a job; now, it’s almost…

Instead of “Paper or Plastic?”, It’s Now “Print or Digital?”

In this post, we speak with Michael Romaner, Executive Vice President for Digital at Morris Communications. Morris Communications is a privately held media company headquartered in Augusta, Georgia with diversified holdings including newspaper and magazine publishing, outdoor advertising, radio broadcasting, book publishing and distribution, visitor publications and online services. Morris Publishing Group (the newspaper publishing arm of the company and one of the oldest newspaper companies in the United States)…

Did Steve Jobs Leave You Frustrated?

In my previous post Why Are You Still Running On Your Hamster Wheel?, I referred to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address (here’s the text version as well). As I write, this specific posting has been viewed over 12 million times, with millions more having viewed other postings of the same video. No doubt, many of you saw clips from it on the nightly news, in stories relating to Jobs’…

When Can You Smack Me Upside the Head?

In this month’s post, I give you permission to smack me upside the head (metaphorically speaking, of course) if I ever make it seem or if I ever suggest that leadership is easy. If you’re like me, your inbox is full of newsletters and email articles on leadership and management.  Many I don’t read, because the author makes the mistake of suggesting that leadership is easy: “The 5 Easy Leadership Skills to…

Is Your Company Heading for Talent Bankruptcy?

“If businesses managed their money as carelessly as they managed their people, most would be bankrupt.” That’s how Bill Conaty and Ram Charan start their recent book “Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers”. And it’s hard to argue with them. Depending upon where you work, it will be true to varying degrees. But there certainly aren’t many places where it isn’t true at all. So how did…

What’s Your Story? Why Should Anyone Care?

For many of us, 2010 did, and 2011 will, involve a change in leadership. We either did get, or we will get, a new boss. And with any change in leadership, there’s an attendant change in security. To varying degrees, the new boss is an unknown entity. Sure, we may know something about him/her. But what will it mean for me personally, as one of his/her direct reports? Am I…

If Your Company Needs First Aid, Don’t Cry for Help.

A recent survey from OI Partners suggests that many companies are not adequately prepared when it comes to succession planning. And we’re not talking just at the C-level. This includes leaders and managers at other levels as well. One issue that many companies face is the fact that no one’s in charge or responsible for ensuring the company has enough successors for key positions. For more on this issue, please…
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